As middle age gradually sets in...
This really made me laugh. And cry... Great article
Fortunately, me, being born in the 60's can still say that I'm a hard-core gamer.. (erm.. ish)
I am only 23 and already more than a couple of those apply to me :-(
I'm 33... and all of those apply to me. :( But I'm big in Japan.
Yeah... I see most of those attached to me... *sigh* University will put me back to being hardcore gamer again! FTW!
I'm 32 and ten years ago I would spend every waking hour gaming. Plowing through games in a matter 2 or 3 days. Now, I'm married, have 3 (self employed) jobs, and am lucky if I can squeeze in a game of NHL 08 with 5 minute periods before supper! I can generally play only one day of the weekend for a couple hours and that's it. Funny thing though. My head still tells me I have time to play all the great releases and I continue to buy them. I own ten games and have not beaten any of them, yet I still think I have time to play another one.
I'm 28 now and have been gaming from the age of 3. I'm now better at games then ever before. I destroy kids in FPS, and Warhawk is my stomping ground. I can stay alive for 10 mins or more in a full blown dog fight. I don't think my reflexes are any faster. I just know that I'm smarter now. I understand the workings of game and I can see the patterns that kids use in games and I own then all day long! no lie.
Yeah i'm 33 and a lot of those comment in the article applies to me and most of my friend. But there is a lot a people/friend that are wondering how i do it. ( playing this many games of this many different platform) I got Ps3/360/psp and a sli8800gt pc) I read Gaming news NOT newspaper. I'm excited about big game release NOT movie coming out in theater. The only Tv i watch is Hockey and sports, NOT sex and the city with my wife. when my wife needs the tv i game on my pc when my wife needs the pc i play ps3or360. It is way different now then when i was a teenagers/kid that is for sure, I use to be part of a Quake Clan ( SFC !! BABY ) played Track and Field till my finger bleed. Ill play game till i die.. Am i less hardcore??? maybe for some. But for a lot of other people i am a Hardcore gamer, and also immature :P
Did this guy read my thoughts or something??? Its kind of scary, but nice to know I'm not alone. I'm 31 and its been two days since I last touched a console. :-(
I hear that. I remember many years ago I used to play Speedball2 until my hands hurt and were shacking. And I had such problems pulling my self away from Civilizations that my dad had to turn the power off by the house mains to get me off the computer. I think I lost about 3 hours worth of playing when he did that, I was not happy.
It also made me laugh then i realized that man I was born in the 80's but my father never upgraded from the atari2600 or the sega masters. I grew up with those and you know I was the one that brought gaming into the house like snes,gameboy and others in the 90's and 00's. Come to think of it when I went over my parents last I was wondering why the sega master is out. For like three years my dad has been playing atari 2600. Shoot I knew it hes trying to beat my high scores. Now I have to show him what a hardcore gamer is excuse me got to go to my parents house.
Required reading for all gamers) #12. You DO NOT own a Xbox360.
That just makes you a "hardcore" sucker. 33% plus FTW!
hardcore suckas are people buying sh!tbox to conform.
lol good one :)
to the sign- Your FPS experience consists of spawn, run, die... spawn, run, die... spawn… is the point where u just suck
omg...........you just described every fps game i ever played..........lols. i really suck at those.
"you like your xbox 360 and PS3 equally"...that one is just dumb, I actually do like them both. Maybe I don't like them equally but it's pretty damn close. I guess I should apologize for going to school and making enough money to be able to afford whatever games and systems I want. In reality owning both probably makes you more of a hardcore gamer because you are playing more games. However, the rest of the list is pretty funny.
yeah, but you don t brag about it ;)
Jesus Christ this is me!!!! Does this guy know me or something? I am getting old because every point in this article was true. I get so annoyed at my reation times in counterstrike. Everyone else seems to be a split second faster. I know I used to be better. An Carcassonne isn't a bad game in the evening. Uno is the other 'play for a bit late at night until you start to nod off game' As the guy in Star Trek Generations said "Time is like a predator - It stalks you."
Ya, I admit.... I actually got a life. :)
1. You have a Wii 2. You also bought a DS 3. You love the Wii Wheel and hope Nintendo makes a new gadget for every first party game they make.
i play games but id rather workout an stay in shape than sit an play a game for 8 hours! last time i truly enjoyed a game was FFT psone!
I lurk these boards all the time and this is the first article I agree with. I used to be hardcore but gaming is fading fast with me. I now go days with out even turning on my console. I used to be hyped for games and now I am like what eva! It may have been from all the bickering from all the sites I visted; I do not know but I know I have lost the fire.
I agree but for it seems to be the games that are stopping me from getting excited by the games. The last game I was excited about was TimeShift, I played for two days (two 2 hour sessions each day) and I beat the freakin thing! I felt very cheated cause of how short it was. I am a stay at home dad. I need something that will fill my time when the baby is sleeping.
I find that I read more about games than actually play them. I think that the article should add something about reading reviews and following the reviewers advice. Funny, I used to see those that followed reviews as small minded but now I am realizing I'm too busy to play them all.
Oh hell..... I fit into most of those catagories! The only ones I don't fit is not switching the machines on for days (they are on almost every day), and not using the consoles when my wife is in ( I married a gamer - my other half has to understand games!). Apart from them, they got me hands down! I particulary relate to: "Your FPS experience consists of spawn, run, die... spawn, run, die... spawn… The reflexes that served you so well in GoldenEye and Quake seem to be two seconds slower than everybody else these days. You think 'fire', 'jump', 'spin', 'run', 'collect spinny power-up', but your fingers press 'fire' (and pause), 'fire' (and pause), 'spin' and… no, I actually meant 'jump', and – oh, I’m dead. Either you're slowing down, or today's hard-core gamerati are faster than you ever were." Which is why I like a decent campaign mode in a game!
You married a gamer! I cant stand seeing gamers being cutoff by their girlfriends/wifes. My wife isn't really a gamer, but she enjoys watching me play.
I love it when I hear of female partners enjoy and include themselves in their man's gamming hobbies instead of thinking it's a childish thing to do and selfishly pester them to stop. It breaks my heart when I see men having to tiptop around their partners just so they can game.
That's me to a tee... pretty scary You prefer playing against the computer Yup, I rarely play online, not sure why though. I like people, I do.. I just don't like those annoying people :) You only play when your girlfriend is out Pretty much when everyone has gone to bed You believe that winning isn't everything Not sure on this one... maybe. Although I didn't kill every templar or get every flag in Creed It's been days, not hours since you last switched on your console Probably play 3-4 days a week You’re the oldest person trading in games at GameStation There's alot of old farts there with me too :) You like your Xbox 360 and your PS3 equally Still waiting for an incentive to get the 360. C'mon MS, drop the price, give me wifi, fix the RROD You fondly remember a ‘golden age’ of gaming Only too true. I remember jiggling the power switch on the Atari 2600 to get Space Invaders to shoot faster, which btw was the most amazing thing in the world to have Space Invaders at my home and not at an arcade. Oh man if only the 2600 got Asteriods my life would be complete. Graduating up to a TI99/4A, the pinnacle of computing power. You avoid playing on the Wii because it’s too much effort Nah, I like the Wii. Although if my kids want to box me, I usually have a good excuse in hand. Your FPS experience consists of spawn, run, die... spawn, run, die... spawn… Controllers I grew up with had one button and a joystick. You either moved and fired or you didn't. Now they have 16 buttons and 2 joysticks (oops, I mean analog sticks). Somewhere we went from needing to do 2 things at once to doing 32. You find the idea of videogames based on board games perfectly acceptable I play Sudoku in electronic form... did I say that out loud? You've pre-ordered GTA IV but don't mind if it doesn't turn up on launch day Shamefully, I haven't even pre ordered it. I'll get around to getting and playing it... did I say that out loud?
i got sudoku from the psn store........i really like it too.
Crap Kingme71, here I was telling myself that I don't fall into this category, but after I read your post I had to rethink who the hell I am nowadays. Although I play every day, I usually wait until my wife has disappeared upstairs to bed. I enjoy online, but not like I would've if I was 10 years younger. Born in the 70's? Yeah, can you tell? I used to believe there was a (kind of) golden age in gaming, but now I really think that gaming has never been better and continues to improve.
I really like the part about the controllers. I went from the Atari 2600 to the Sega Genesis. I remember bragging to friends, "Look, man, it has 3, THAT'S 3 BUTTONS!". You think they will ever add more? Bubbles for that one!
DD - Ah, I think you and I are twins. If my wife is getting sleepy at nine I say, oh too bad honey you must have had a hard day... but I'm think get your a$$ to bad so I can start playin' :P Yeah, born in the early 70's :(. My kids constantly remind me of that too. Little whippersnappers, they are still young enough I can beat them but I think the boy is just a year or two away from taking me down. Honestly, I took a few years off from gaming in the early '00s. When I finally got back into it I was surprised how far it had come in such a short time. Now I'm scrambling to catch up, and it seems the sheer # of quality titles in '08 is overwhelming and not showing signs of slowing down.
BF - Lol. Yup, exactly. I got a joystick with a button on the top of the stick and I had friends coming over to admire the thing. What about ordering games through mail order and waiting 6-8 weeks for them to come in? That's just nuts and quite a cruel thing to do to a kid.
"DD - Ah, I think you and I are twins. If my wife is getting sleepy at nine I say, oh too bad honey you must have had a hard day... but I'm think get your a$$ to bad so I can start playin' :P " LOL @King Man that sounds like me before my wife started to not care as much. She's always going to bed early, but I can't tell you how many times I be sitting there just waiting and waiting for her to go to bed.
I'm just curious, why do they keep referring to the Sega system as the "Megadrive"? I thought that was the Japanese name... am I mistaken here? All I know is I owned a Sega Genesis when I had Sonic, not some "Megadrive".
Megadrive was also what we called the Genesis in the UK.
I am very proud to say that I am still a hardcore gamer three consoles means lots of gaming goodness
HA HA HA...What a good read I'm a gamer who is 41 years old and can relate to most of this article. As time goes on, I do find I play games less and less, only played games for 2 hours total this week so far..lol As for dying in games more than young un's, well not always true. I nearly always come in the top 3 in games like COD4. I don't think it has much to do with age, but more to do with the time you have left to play games as you get older. My daily time table. 8 hrs working 1 1/2 hrs in the Gym 1 hr cooking dinner 2 hrs either playing around on my Motorcycle or preping my car for track days 8 hrs sleeping..lol That leaves just 3 1/2 hours to either play a few games or spend time with the wife. Edit: @ kingme71 "If the wife is in the same room or even in the house at the same time, I consider that spending quality time :)" Lol, thats about the funniest thing I've read all day. I don't think the wife would agree on that one though..haha
You're spending way too much time sleeping, you can probably trim a good 5 hours off that time and catch a few zzz's at work. If the wife is in the same room or even in the house at the same time, I consider that spending quality time :)
I'm...... no longer hardcore. I haven't played my 360 all week cuz I've been watching the nba playoffs. The only game I'm playing is the mythos beta on pc cuz it reminds me of diablo and my wife likes it cuz my pc is in our room and she want's to talk to me...... *sniff* whoever wrote this article thanks for reminding me I'm a shell of my former gaming self. but I'm still part of a clan were just a adult clan. and I'm part of the elders gamer faction on gametrailers. I'm getting........old (in the eyes of gamers) i remember putting all nighters in on the xbox and ps2 back in the day. me and my college buddies from 9pm - 6am on madden, now my eyes are burning around 1am..... It's not that my game is off I just can't put 6+ hours on a game at night and still function on the job.
Why are people so sad that they're no longer hardcore gamers? You should be happy that you no longer play video games all night long. Now you've got your priorities straightened. I'm of the opinion that video games are just a bit of entertainment, as serious as listening to some music or watching a movie or two.
great article - kudos to you sir.
It's been days, not hours since you last switched on your console -that's me alright. I guess I'm getting too old. -I bought those new maps for COD4 on Xbox 360 played a few days after that.. and haven't been back since... it's been like 6 days I haven't even turned on my 360. In my defense though I have been playing some GT5p waiting for GTA IV so maybe all hope is not lost.... LoL I'm still a hardcore gamer in my mind... (but like a boxer past his prime the body has lost all love for what the mind wants to do.) -Or maybe COD4 is just played out for me... I mean 5 months is a long time to be playing a game day after day. It sure as hell was fun while it lasted. But my guess is now those hours will go towards playing GTA IV - people online with those live streams seem to be playing a lot, and loving it. I can't wait :)
yeah man. 38 tomorrow and hardcore gamer is an understatement! Its never going to change unless I go blind, deaf and my hands fall off
and even then...he'll be able to Wii.
A game you have anticipated for months finally arrives. you buy it. but it spends months unopened. and when you finally do get the time to play it, you pause "for a little while" at a point in the game, and won't end the game for weeks. maybe even months. then you come back to it and you forget what you were doing in that part of the game a lil.
Lol.. Yup, I have a stack from xmas still to play and even have Oblivion from last October unopened. Just got too much in the queue ahead of them all and too many other things coming up. I stopped mid game in Zelda TP and RE4 around January and not even sure I remember how the controls work anymore... and I've been itching to finish RE4.
Part of that has happened to me, but not the buying a highly anticipated game only to leave it in the wrapper for weeks. Can't tell you how many times I've gone back to a game and couldn't remember what the hell I was doing. Tactics on the PSP comes to mind right now. It's gotten to the point where I might just have to start over and I've got 36 hours on the save file... :(
I always open a game immediately after buying it and play at least a little while before I set it down. But, I keep buying new games, setting down my current game half way through, then can't remember what I was doing in the first game, so I have to start all over. The problem is, I end up buying another game in the meantime, forget what I was doing in the second game and around and around I go. I never end up completing a game because I have to always start over and don't have the play time to finish! Then I can't complete the game because...wait a minute...where was I... and where's my alzheimer meds?
I hear ya BF. Unfortunately, I have this nagging feeling when I leave a game unfinished. I guess there are those that must finish a book and those that can quit anytime and move on. I fall into the former with games, which is why I must get back to Zelda and RE before the summer games start kicking in.
I still haven't finished FFXII and had it since launch day!!! What is happening to me, dear god pls help me :(
And to think I've gone from spending 15 hour periods on Counter Strike to scrabbling round for a few minutes to get my achievements on Portal :( Oh I miss my youth sometimes
Even us youth don't have time anymore. I got to play an hour of Unreal Tournament III last week. That was my excitement for the month...
looks like top 11 reasons you're not a moron. GTA ROFLMFAO! ya, we want to play a game about being a criminal, ooook dummy, just keep that BK job ok?
Ye hast been banished forevermore from the Gaming Zone. To the open zone with thee!
in about 3 weeks all i use ps3 for right now is internet coz i have to study for a very inportent exam (if i pas i will be 1 year away from aertay universaty for video ames yehh) but that done mean im not hardcore
suddenly feeling old, although not all apply to me the golden age of gaming, yup, those were the days!! playing an asteroids type game from a cartridge insterted into my vic20 playing on a black and white TV. in my defense I was like 5 at the time:) summer games on my commodore 64!!!
most of them are so dumb.
You’re the oldest person trading in games at GameStation, It's been days, not hours since you last switched on your console(I usually play three days out of the week), You fondly remember a ‘golden age’ of gaming. Those three apply to me. I still consider myself pretty hardcore though. So does everyone else I know.
I started buying Pokemon cards again and I'm 18. I'm not sure why, but I got this urge to open up a brand new booster pack and have my face light up again. So, I started collecting them again. I only go at like 1 in the morning though...to Walmart. I know...I'm a loser.
Im 29 about to be 30. Some of these apply minus that birthday comment i'm not ashamed about playing games. I have new responsibilities I didn't have. I'm working on my second degree, and I have my first born on the way. This article should state are you becoming more responsible about your time.
that "work" often gets in the way. I guess that would be a sign of growing up. I consider myself grown up. I'm out of college, got a job, buying a house soon and almost married. I still consider myself pretty hardcore too though. If compared to porn, I'm not softcore. I'm like the hardcore that has a story and tries to have a plot.
I disagree with the title, it should read "11 ways you know you have a life."
I'm 18... ...and most of those apply to me. I don't play video games while my girlfriend's here because I'd rather spend time with her though... I mean, I'm sure GTAIV is REALLY GOOD, but I seriously doubt it could kiss me, make me feel loved, or take care of me when I'm sick. (She does them all very well.) Also, why do video games have to be all about competition? The "hardcore" gamer has apparently only been around since Xbox Live and Halo started.
I'm 28 and my reflexes are as sharp as ever. Actually I think I'm just getting better as time goes on. I guess I might be like a bottle of wine, gets better with age. Gaming is second nature to me, it's really all I've ever known. I'm 28, but I feel like I'm still 18. I will never stop playing games. Game it up!
4 signs I'm not a big hardcore gamer. 1. Work 2. Wifey 3. Kids 4. Life Then some soft gaming.
I only play RTS skimishes against the computer. I NEVER play ranked matches. I actually love Two Worlds. (Please don't slap me!) The console gets turned off for Battlestar Galactica. Two signs I still have some hardcoreness left: I worked hard to get my kill/death ratio in COD4 above 1.0 (1.12 now)so I am not a detriment to my team. I will be getting Ninja Gaiden 2 at launch and will NOT play it on the easy "Acolyte" mode.